Nomvete's wife lies for love

2002-07-14 08:24

Durban - Haunted by loneliness, insecurity and the thought that her soccer-star husband Siyabonga "Bhele" Nomvete would find a new girlfriend in Italy, his wife faked a kidnapping plot and lied to the police in order to get his attention.

The plot worked. The Bafana Bafana star last week married his childhood sweetheart, Nompumelelo Mpanza, during a secret traditional ceremony at Nomvete's home in KwaMashu outside Durban.

It emerged this week Mpanza had lied to the police and her local community policing forum (CPF) when she alleged in February criminals from KwaMashu had tried to kidnap her and her child by Nomvete, baby Lifa. The star apparently told the police in a phone call from Italy, where he plays for a premier league side, he had found out his fiancee had fabricated the kidnapping. He also apparently pleaded with the police not to pursue the matter further.

The police, however, said Mpanza was being investigated for faking the kidnapping as she had forced them to use valuable state resources on a wild-goose chase.

Mpanza made news headlines when she reported to the police that local hoodlums wanted to extort money from Nomvete by twice trying to kidnap her and Lifa from her Inanda informal settlement home.

The police later found out Mpanza had lied in order to go overseas to live with Nomvete. According to the police, Mpanza was scared Nomvete would dump her and the baby for other girls in Italy.

'I'll sue every one of them'

A local police spokesperson, superintendent Percy Mthembu, confirmed Mpanza was being investigated for obstructing the course of justice after she became unco-operative during their investigation. He also confirmed Nomvete had tried to interfere with the investigation when he requested they drop the case his wife had intially opened.

Superintendent V V Dlamini, the policeman who telephoned Nomvete in Italy when the police suspected his wife had lied about the kidnapping, said he refused to drop the case when Nomvete requested him to do so.

For his part, Nomvete dismissed Dlamini's allegations as nonsense and denied he had spoken to the police about the matter.

"I don't know what the objectives of the media are in pursuing this matter. I have copies of all that has been written about me and Mpumi. I'm telling you, I am going to sue every one of them," Nomvete said.

'Threatened to kill reporter'

The angry star even threatened to kill the writer of this report if City Press published the story. "I don't want to spill blood, but I will be forced to. Kuzophuma isidumbu ngalendaba (someone may be killed for the publication of this story). I'm telling you," he vowed.

Several attempts by City Press to get comment from Mpanza drew a blank as she did not answer her cellphone.

Nomvete's uncle, S'thembiso Nomvete, said the reason the football star married Mpanza in such a hurry was because he wanted to take his family to Italy soon.

'Nomvete wants to run away with his wife'

However, a person close to the family said Nomvete wanted to run away with his wife to protect her from the police.

The chairperson of the community policing forum in the Durban region, Sipho Mabaso, who was part of the "kidnap" investigation, said six people had been arrested in connection with the incident and an identity parade was conducted, but Mpanza failed to identify any suspect.

"We later discovered she was deliberately misleading us as the kidnapping was just a lie," said Mabaso, adding Mpanza had asked them to drop the case as she had to go overseas to visit Nomvete.